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This is a failed pilot for a "Three Stooges" TV show. The concept of the show was that the Stooges would try a new profession each show. In this episode they are interior decorators. Features Moe, Larry and Shemp
This movie is part of the collection: The Video Cellar Collection
Producer: Moe Howard
Audio/Visual: sound, Black and white
Keywords: Classic TV; The Three Stooges; Larry Fine; Moe Howard; Shemp Howard; Failed Pilot; Kinoscope
Contact Information: <a href="http://video-cellar.blogspot.com/">Video Cellar</a>
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Subject: Historical overview
According to The Three Stooges Scrapbook published 1982 by Jeff Lensburg, Joan Howard Maurer (Moe's daughter), Greg Lensburg, we're given a lot of information on this. It was filmed in one day, on October 12, 1949. It was filmed at ABC and produced by Phil Berle (Milton's brother). Emil Sitka ("Hold hands you lovebirds"), Symona Boniface ("I'll get it in a minute"), and Joseph Kearns (later of tv's Dennis the Menace) are in the supporting cast. In terms of a "failed pilot," Columbia Pictures prevented it from ever being aired. Their contract with Columbia stipulated they could not perform in a television series that competed with their 2-reel shorts. Columbia threatened to cancel the contract and sue them if they tried to sell the series. To avoid a lawsuit, the film was shelved and the project abandoned.
Subject: Bad Title, Great Download
Failure as mentioned in the title does not enter the picture with this T.V. show.
The method of comedy simply didn't look well for the time. Television was barely getting off the ground when this was released, and it may have even startled a few viewers who were new to household television viewing to see grown men slapping each other around almost inside one's home.
Listening to a live audience during the stooges is special experience. You can tell the audience wasn't "coached" by the laughter....much more natural & a lot of times people laugh just a little bit.
The sound is good, but the picture isn't the greatest as it might have came from an early videotape system but Stooges fans will be in heaven.
Subject: Missing some?????
This prints missing some parts...
like when Shemp is typing:
type type type type type type type type type type type type type type type type type type type type type type type type type type type type
Moe-"What do you have so far?"
Shemp-"How do you spell sir?"
Moe-"In your case, C-U-R"
Subject: I miss Curley
But Shemp was good, too. They started out in live vaudeville, y'know, and the slaps and grunts had to be loud enough to be heard in the back. Great stuff!
Subject: live tv?
what this proves is that the 3 stooges physical comedy was "real" not a studio special effect
Subject: Great For Stooge Fans
This is a great upload for Stooge Fans! I'm really happy it was not picked up though as clearly the filmed shorts are much better quality, and they kept making them for 8 more years. I doubt many of these episodes for TV would have been made. I'd rather watch a Joe Besser short then another of these TV episodes. Which, although most Stooge fans hate Joe's shorts, I'm a fan!
Subject: EEP EEP EEP!
I abso-bleeping-lutely love this, and find it as funny or funnier than many of the Stooges shorts.
As a Stooges fan for over fifty years, it's gut-busting hilarious to see Moe, Shemp and Larry (not to mention the amazing Emil Sitka, along with the rest of this pilot's supporting cast) do their shtick on live TV. I also saw them live when I was a kid, but that's another story.
This is pure gold to a Shemp fan like myself (he was always my favorite Stooge), and many thanks to Video Cellar for the great contribution to the Archive!
Subject: Failed pilot
It's not hard to see why this pilot failed, it doesnt even come close to the quality and humor of the Stooges Columbia shorts..
Subject: Horribly Good
The ABC Network would of had their butts sued off by the FCC if they aired a show with 11 Minutes of commercials back in 1949.
(True, there were infomercials like "Tales of the Red Caboose", but prime time major TV shows were heavily restricted in how many commercials they could have)
It's still very funny though. The pacing is so fast, it makes my neck hurt.
Thank you, Video-Cellar, for uploading this.